A rather scary story in today's New York Times tells of how one expert believes Andre Waters depression and suicide were significantly effected by the vicious hits he made while playing football.
Since the former National Football League player Andre Waters killed himself in November, an explanation for his suicide has remained a mystery. But after examining remains of Mr. Waters’s brain, a neuropathologist in Pittsburgh is claiming that Mr. Waters had sustained brain damage from playing football and he says that led to his depression and ultimate death.
Certainly an interesting story which makes you wonder about players putting their health on the line for the glory of the game.
>>Expert Ties Ex-Player's Suicide to Brain Damage [NYTimes]